Venmo Survey Has Some Important Takeaways for Splitting Bills on Destination Bachelorette Parties
An important etiquette update.
So you've been invited on a destination bachelorette party. For many, the first thought that probably arises isn't what to pack, where to dine, or how excited you are but rather, "how much is this going to cost?"
While a bachelorette party spent in a different city than where the bride resides can be a veritable treat, there's no denying it can sap serious funds from the attendees' bank accounts. These days, with apps to pay people back for your portion of the bill becoming increasingly common, it's easier than ever to ensure people get paid back for footing the bill.
To take a look at how money etiquette is changing, popular payment app Venmo commissioned a survey on a variety of topics. In regards to travel, it's clear that transparency up front is key: 88% of Venmo users polled in the survey agreed that discussing how to split expenses for things like bachelor and bachelorette parties and spring break before a trip takes place is very important. And what about when you should send a request to get paid back? 72% of Venmo users agreed that the appropriate time frame to send a money request is within the first 24 hours of the transaction occurring. The survey also found that 42% of users think it's appropriate to pay the person who covered the check immediately once the bill is settled (that chef-prepared dinner on that sunset cruise isn't going to get any cheaper with time, ladies).
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The survey polled 1,006 adults in the United States who use Venmo on May 31st and June 1st, 2019. Read about more of the survey findings and Venmo's etiquette guide here. Of course, a larger sample size may have yielded different results but we'll still scream this adage from the mountains: Always establish how costs will be split prior to embarking on vacation — regardless of if reimbursement will come in the form of check, cash, or a smartphone notification.